Category Archive: Just the Journal

May 06 2016

Feeling flush for no good reason

My company sent me to the US on a video shoot in March, but it took me until today to get around to filing my expense report for the trip. Between the multiple nights in the hotel in Anaheim, California, and the numerous cab rides to and from two major airports, it worked out to …

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May 03 2016

Is it security theater? Or is it Italy?

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I recently returned from 5 days in northern Italy … one of those very rare occasions when I was able to combine a business trip with a bit of leisure due to my Swede being up against a “use it or lose it” deadline on some vacation days. Mix in fact that the weather was still …

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Apr 14 2016

Bogarting the coffee

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I had an epiphany this morning. I realized that I drink coffee … especially the 1st cup in the morning … the way many people smoke weed. I hold each sip in my mouth for several seconds (sometimes much longer) before swallowing it. Seems I’ve been doing it for years and just never gave it …

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Nov 25 2015

Is there a message here?

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In the past few weeks, I have been gifted two different paracord bracelets by two different people who know me in two very different contexts. The first one came from the Alpha Geek … father of my youngest Goddaughter and one of my oldest and dearest Swedish friends. He knows our interest in the outdoors and fashion preferences well, …

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Nov 18 2015

London Report: late, short & sweet

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We had a lovely long weekend in London with our friends Chaundra and Drake, who were wonderful hosts, as usual. They have a knack for introducing us to new things, and this time they scored a daily-double. The first night it was their Raclette grill, a Swiss method of getting your dinner guests to cook for themselves similar …

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Nov 13 2015

London-bound because we’re really old

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Dr. Darling and I are headed to the city where we met in-person for the first time around this time of year back in 2000. It’s an anniversary that we tend to space, but this time we actually have tickets to see Dawn French‘s one-woman show “30 Million Minutes” … which is kind of special since …

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Nov 08 2015

13 years later, Sweden discovers Half & Half

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It has always amused me that “The Land of 9 Different Grades of Cream” has nothing resembling my beloved Half & Half in its grocery store dairy cases. I basically had to mix up my own version until I switched to heavy whipping cream in my coffee in the summer of 2014. But recently, the …

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